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Mohammed Siraj’s Peach Cleans Up Tom Hartley With Reverse Swing
By CricShots - Feb 23, 2024 3:50 pm
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In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj showcased his seam-bowling prowess in the fourth Test against England. He played a pivotal role, breaking the formidable 113-run partnership between Foakes and Root. Siraj’s brilliance continued as he delivered a stunning delivery to dismiss Tom Hartley.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj bowled a phenomenal spell of reverse swing

In the 76th over, coming ’round the wicket, Siraj bowled a good-length delivery that initially angled into the left-hander but straightened after pitching, crashing into the off pole and leaving Hartley utterly astonished.

Here is the video of the video of the dismissal of Tom Hartley:

On Day 3 of the 3rd Test between India and England, Mohammed Siraj emerged as the standout performer, spearheading India’s comeback by dismissing four crucial English batsmen. The pace bowler’s figures of 4/84 were the best by a pacer at the Niranjan Shah Stadium in Rajkot. His pivotal breakthroughs included the dismissal of Ben Foakes, who, alongside Joe Root, crafted a resilient 113-run partnership for the 6th wicket. Foakes contributed 47 runs from 261 balls before falling victim to Siraj.

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In the early stages of England’s innings, openers Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley provided a solid start with a 47-run partnership. However, debutant Akash Deep made an immediate impact, claiming Duckett for 11 runs and later dismissing Ollie Pope and the well-set Crawley for 42 runs. Joe Root took charge, forging a 52-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 38 runs before being caught in front while sweeping against Ravichandran Ashwin.

Despite wickets falling at one end, Joe Root showcased remarkable resilience, notching a brilliant century off 219 balls – the first of the series. Root’s return to his original orthodox technique proved effective, allowing him to score freely. While captain Ben Stokes fell for 3 runs to Ravindra Jadeja, the English innings revolved around Root and Ben Foakes, with the latter eventually dismissed by Mohammed Siraj.

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Joe Root’s outstanding century, coupled with partnerships and contributions from various batsmen, positions England for a competitive first-innings total. Root’s innings, a stark contrast to his previous struggles in the series, adds a significant dimension to England’s performance in the ongoing Test match.